Director of BBC Drama Lindsay Salt has made three new appointments to the BBC Drama commissioning team.

Danielle Scott-Haughton and Nick Lambon join as Commissioning Editors for BBC Drama, while Sami El-Hadi will be BBC Drama’s new Head of Development.

Danielle Scott-Haughton joins the BBC from Balloon Entertainment where she has worked for the past seven years, most recently as Development Executive for scripted television and as Executive Producer on Champion, the forthcoming musical drama series for BBC One and iPlayer (in co-production with Netflix) from bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams.

Nick Lambon has worked across a range of scripted titles, with previous credits including Script Editor on multiple series of Doctor Who and DCI Banks, Assistant Producer on series one of Sanditon, and more recently as Script Producer and then Producer on the BBC’s Silent Witness, and as Producer on series two of Channel 4’s Screw. Lambon will lead on commissions from Northern Ireland as part of his role as Commissioning Editor.

Head of Development Sami El-Hadi joins the BBC from production company The Forge, where he was Development Executive. El-Hadi was previously at Working Title, where he worked as script executive on titles including Channel 4’s BAFTA winning We Are Lady Parts and the BBC’s Everything I Know About Love.

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, says: “It’s a real honour to announce the appointments of Danielle, Nick and Sami, who I know will be fantastic additions to the BBC Drama team.

“Danielle’s love for this industry is infectious. She’s a true tastemaker and collaborator. I can’t wait for producers and talent to witness that dynamism as we move into this new era of BBC Drama.

“Nick’s talent for making television has seen him work across a wonderful variety of dramas in his career so far, and I’m so excited to see what he’ll make with the broad canvas of possibility that BBC Drama commissioning has to offer.

“Sami has cut his creative teeth on genre-defining shows. His natural forward-thinking instinct, thoughtful manner and excellent taste makes him a great new asset for our top team.”

Danielle Scott-Haughton says: “I am excited to be joining the world class BBC Drama team and use all I’ve learned at Balloon Entertainment to collaborate with the very best of emerging and established talent.”

Nick Lambon says: “I can’t wait to join the BBC Drama team later this year. I’m delighted by the opportunity to expand on their incredible track-record for gripping and surprising storytelling.”

Sami El-Hadi says: “‘I’m incredibly excited to be joining Lindsay’s amazing team, being part of the BBC’s tradition of creating world class drama while continuing to push the envelope and redefine what British drama can be. I’m looking forward to discovering voices and stories we haven’t seen before and championing the next generation of A-list British talent”

Scott-Haughton and El-Hadi have recently started in their roles, while Lambon will join the BBC in the coming months.


Jon Creamer

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